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Jun
22
comment Someone who enjoys statistics
And an American equivalent is something like "stats geek."
Jun
19
comment What is the origin and meaning of conniption dido
Dido's actions would be described by many in OED terms: "a caper; a disturbance, ‘row’, ‘shindy’; esp. in phr. to cut (up) didoes.:
Jun
12
comment Context of “when?”
@ColinFine: That doesn't surprise me, but that's good to know. That would explain the notion of "upward mobility," which is more ingrained in the American psyche than elsewhere.
Jun
12
comment Context of “when?”
@FumbleFingers: Yes, "way back when" works. But there is an element of "way back when..." things weren't so good as today.
Jun
12
comment Context of “when?”
@fumbleFingers: Yes, "way back when" or "long, long ago."
Jun
12
comment Hypernym for “film” and “TV series”
@J.r.: And nowadays we have "internet videos," so we really need the hypernym.
Jun
11
comment What do you call the activities between actual work?
Interesting word, "ancillary." Derived from the Latin for slave, I believe. (This would be with reference to the e.g. administrative "duties," in relation to the main task.)
Jun
11
comment Hypernym for “customer,” “supplier”, “manufacturer”
@FumbleFingers: A "non-manufacturing" supplier could be a distributor or retailer. The question is a bit esoteric, but IMHO not off topic.
Jun
11
comment Hypernym for “customer,” “supplier”, “manufacturer”
This is something of an economics question (as an economist, I can think of answers). I recast the question in that light and wonder if it can be re-opened in its current form. Because while the terms are (slightly) esoteric, they are in English.
Jun
11
comment What is the origin of the phrase “forty winks,” meaning a short nap?
A synonymous expression is to "catch a few z's."
Jun
8
comment Opposite of Dying
@RegDwigнt: I made the question clearer, and wonder if the question can be re-opened. My gut reaction was the word "thriving," (and I worked "backward" from that to come up with my constructs).
Jun
8
comment Word for a lighthouse enthusiast
"Phare" is the French, and probably Latin word for Lighthouse, so this makes sense.
Jun
8
comment How would one say “An accent from the Southern States of the USA”?
"Dixie" is another good synonym for (former) "Confederate."
Jun
8
comment How would one say “An accent from the Southern States of the USA”?
"Deep Southern" has the correct connotation of (former) "Confederate" state.
Jun
8
comment How would one say “An accent from the Southern States of the USA”?
San Diego, though technically "southern" isn't "southeastern," which is what a U.S. "southern" accent (drawl) refers to. Basically, the former "Confederate" states of the United States. Texas barely qualifies.
Apr
16
comment What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both?
@SteveJessop: Changed that to English Prince. Ok, he was a Greek prince as well.
Apr
16
comment Synonyms / slang words in American English to express “I am very excited for something”?
@RegDwight: I think the OP mixed his metaphors. S/B, I am excited FOR someone, or ABOUT something. I was wondering if you could reopen this question so I can post the above as an answer. Clearing up the confusion could be "constructive."
Mar
24
comment is there a term for “largest possible minority?”
@ermanen:"Anything." I almost cited the example of 49 out of 100 Senators, or 217 out of 435 Congress people.
Jan
20
comment Is there an expression for only offending the recipient?
@Patrick Calinescu: Congratulations on your first (approved) edit.
Jan
20
comment Is there an expression for only offending the recipient?
@rhetorician: My supposition was "how would a third party likely react if s/he overheard the comment?" Or we could even be "schoolchildren" and what would the teacher likely say if the other boy "tattled" and told the teacher, "Tom called me an sob."